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Posted on: September 8, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Fire Updates and Recovery

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City Safety Updates (cross-posted to Facebook)

9/14/2020 - As of 2:45pm  on Monday, September 14, 2020, residents in Silverton are no longer located in an Evacuation Zone. This is a reduction from the previous LEVEL TWO – BE READY and LEVEL ONE GET READY and is good news!

  • Please note that if you live in surrounding areas, you should always check the latest evacuation level maps and notices from Marion County and METCOM 911 to be sure of conditions in your specific area.  Please sign up for alerts at METCOM911.com if you have not already. If you live in Clackamas County or nearby, please visit Clackamas County’s website to sign up for their public notifications and to view the latest evacuation level maps.
  • As before, the Red Cross is providing support at a number of locations. Please search for their Twitter page or visit directly https://twitter.com/RedCrossCasc for the latest information.
  • The City of Silverton water supply is in compliance and safe to drink.  Minor discoloration may be due to a change in flow patterns.  Voluntary conservation remains in effect.  The water is safe.  Any status updates will be posted both to the City’s website and Facebook page.
  • Republic Services notified the City that they are resuming service this week.
  • If you are choosing to leave the Silverton area, the City recommends you visit tripcheck.com for the latest travel updates.
  • Due to ongoing fire impacts, City Hall will be closed to the public through Friday, September 18th.  Please leave a message or send an email and staff will get back to you as soon as possible. The Silver Trolley available for in town transportation.  Call 503-873-4546 to schedule.
  • REMINDERS:
    • Please continue to take care of your health during any air quality advisory– stay indoors as much as possible with the doors and windows closed and see our prior posts with more health information and links. If you must go out or share space with those outside your household, please wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19, maintain distance, and practice good hand hygiene.
    • See our earlier post (4:30pm 9/10/2020) for information on ways to provide support in this emergency if you are able to do so.

9/11/2020 - 6pm - City of Silverton remains at a LEVEL 2 Evacuation Notice - "Be Set"  **Please note – this is the last update the City of Silverton will provide today, Friday 9/11/2020 and over the weekend unless conditions change. If the Evacuation Level stays the same, you will see your next safety post on Monday 9/14. 

If the Evacuation Level changes, we will make every effort to inform you. In any case, please sign up for Metcom Everbridge alerts at metcom911.com to stay informed**

  • Please always visit https://twitter.com/RedCrossCasc for the latest information on locations with Red Cross support. Many sites have been added in the last day, especially in response to the evacuation level changes in Clackamas County.
  • Please take care of your health over the weekend – stay indoors as much as possible with the doors and windows closed and see our post from this afternoon (9/11) with more current health information. If you must go out or share space with those outside your household, please wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19, maintain distance, and practice good hand hygiene.

REMINDERS:

  • The city is now using the Fire Evacuation & Level Map used by Marion Co. Emergency Management. It will move the Level 2 boundary farther east from Silverton. If residences are now in a level 2 area, residents can return but need to be ready to go if area moves to Level 3. Link to Marion County map: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones
  • The City has shared maps with current suggested routes out of Silverton (see below). Please consider saving these to your device or printing them off for your use if you are voluntarily evacuating now or for your use if the situation escalates to LEVEL 3 “GO NOW”.
    - Preferred routes are Pine Street/Hazelgreen or Silverton Road to access the Salem area or I-5.
    - AVOID traveling via Oak Street/213 North via Mulino and Molalla towards Oregon City and Portland as this will lead you through Level 3 – “Go Now” territory.
    - 213/Cascade Highway is CLOSED at the 211 intersection (Molalla Market Center).
    - Visit tripcheck.com for the latest ODOT information.
  • Sign up for METCOM Everbridge phone/text/email alerts if you have not already to get the latest emergency updates – www.metcom911.com. The City will make efforts to provide updates as promptly as possible though encourages all community members to sign up for METCOM.
  • If you or a family member does not have transportation or has a medical condition and needs transportation, please contact Marion County for assistance:
    - PHONE - 503-391-7294 – ask to be connected with “Mass Care” in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
    - EMAIL – EOCESF6@co.marion.or.us
  • See our earlier post (4:30pm 9/10/2020) for information on ways to provide support in this emergency if you are able to do so.

9/11/2020 - 11am  - City of Silverton remains at a LEVEL 2 Evacuation Notice - "Be Set" - The City plans to provide another update around the end of the business day, unless conditions change before then.

Today, in the midst of this very challenging situation, the City of Silverton would like to recognize the 19th anniversary of September 11, 2001. We honor all of those lost and the families and communities that remember and honor them.

  • Please always visit https://twitter.com/RedCrossCasc for the latest information on locations with Red Cross support. Many sites have been added in the last day, especially in response to the evacuation level changes in Clackamas County.
  • The city is now using the Fire Evacuation & Level Map used by Marion Co. Emergency Management. It will move the Level 2 boundary farther east from Silverton. If residences are now in a level 2 area, residents can return but need to be ready to go if area moves to Level 3. Link to Marion County map: http://bit.ly/MCEvacZones
  • City Hall continues to be closed to the public today today (Friday 9/11) due to air quality. City departments are staffed for phone calls during normal business hours.

REMINDERS (same information from yesterday):

  • The City is sharing maps with current suggested routes out of Silverton (scroll down). Please consider saving these to your device or printing them off for your use if you are voluntarily evacuating now or for your use if the situation escalates to LEVEL 3 “GO NOW”.
    • Preferred routes are Pine Street/Hazelgreen or Silverton Road to access the Salem area or I-5.
    • AVOID traveling via Oak Street/213 North via Mulino and Molalla towards Oregon City and Portland as this will lead you through Level 3 – “Go Now” territory.
    • 213/Cascade Highway is CLOSED at the 211 intersection (Molalla Market Center).
    • Visit tripcheck.com for the latest ODOT information.
  • Sign up for METCOM Everbridge phone/text/email alerts if you have not already to get the latest emergency updates – www.metcom911.com. The City will make efforts to provide updates as promptly as possible though encourages all community members to sign up for METCOM.
  • If you or a family member does not have transportation or has a medical condition and needs transportation, please contact Marion County for assistance:
    • PHONE - 503-391-7294 – ask to be connected with “Mass Care” in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
    • EMAIL – EOCESF6@co.marion.or.us
  • See our earlier post (4:30pm 9/10/2020) for information on ways to provide support if you are able.
  • Visit wildfire.oregon.gov for centralized State information including health guidance and links to all County emergency information. Silverton area air quality is unhealthy due to smoky conditions and expected to continue that way for the next few days.


9/10/2020 - 6pm *Please note – this is the last update the City of Silverton will provide today, Wednesday 9/10/2020, unless conditions change before tomorrow morning ** As of 6pm 9/10/2020 – the City of Silverton remains at a LEVEL 2 Evacuation Notice – “GET SET”**

  • The City is sharing maps with current suggested routes out of Silverton. Please consider saving these to your device or printing them off for your use if you are voluntarily evacuating now or for your use if the situation escalates to LEVEL 3 “GO NOW”.
    • Preferred routes are Pine Street/Hazelgreen or Silverton Road to access the Salem area or I-5.
    • AVOID traveling via Oak Street/213 North via Mulino and Molalla towards Oregon City and Portland as this will lead you through Level 3 – “Go Now” territory.
      • 213/Cascade Highway is CLOSED at the 211 intersection (Molalla Market Center).
    • Visit tripcheck.com for the latest ODOT information.  

Shows routes west out of Silverton via Pine Street and Silverton Road

Shows routes west out of Silverton via Pine Street and Silverton Road

  • If you or a family member does not have transportation or has a medical condition and needs transportation, please contact Marion County for assistance:
    • PHONE - 503-391-7294 – ask to be connected with “Mass Care” in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
    •  EMAIL – EOCESF6@co.marion.or.us
  • Due to continuing poor air quality, City Hall will remain closed to the public on Friday, September 11th.
  • REMINDERS:
    • Please visit https://twitter.com/RedCrossCasc for the latest information on locations with Red Cross support
    • See our earlier Facebook post (4:30pm 9/10/2020) for information on ways to provide support if you are able.
    • Sign up for METCOM Everbridge phone/text/email alerts if you have not already to get the latest emergency updates – www.metcom911.com. The City will make efforts to provide updates as promptly as possible though encourages all community members to sign up for METCOM. 

9/10/2020 - 12:15pm  - City of Silverton remains at a LEVEL 2 Evacuation Notice - "Be Set" - The City plans to provide another update around the end of the business day, unless conditions change before then.

In addition, we will be posting informational items throughout the day on our Facebook page.

AVOID traveling via Oak Street/213 North via Mulino and Molalla towards Oregon City and Portland as this will lead you through Level 3 – “Go Now” territory.

213/Cascade Highway is CLOSED at the 211 intersection (Molalla Market Center).

Visit tripcheck.com for the latest ODOT information.

OTHER UPDATES:

If you or a family member does not have transportation or has a medical condition and needs transportation, please contact Marion County for assistance:

  • PHONE - 503-391-7294 – ask to be connected with “Mass Care” in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
  • EMAIL – EOCESF6@co.marion.or.us

REMINDERS:

  • *Please visit https://twitter.com/RedCrossCasc for the latest information on locations with Red Cross support .
  • *Copied from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office: “If you would like to donate food, water, pet food, blankets, or anything of that nature, please drop those at the United Way at 455 Bliler Ave NE. They are accepting donations between 8-5pm. If you would like to donate money, we ask that you please visit redcross.org to donate any money to the cause.”
  • Sign up for METCOM Everbridge phone/text/email alerts if you have not already to get the latest emergency updates – www.metcom911.com. The City will make efforts to provide updates as promptly as possible though encourages all community members to sign up for METCOM.

9/9/2020 - 5:30pm  - City of Silverton remains at a LEVEL 2 Evacuation Notice - "Be Set" - no further updates until Thursday morning 9/10 unless conditions change overnight

  • West Main Street is now open to traffic again - thank you for your patience while repairs were made!
  • Please be alert for misinformation regarding changes in Evacuation Levels. Today there have been miscommunications regarding the City of Silverton moving to a Level 3 – Go Now – that is NOT the case at this point. The City will only share information coming directly from our public safety partners (for example: Metcom 911 or the Marion County Sheriff’s Office). 
  • Evacuation site availability updates frequently - please visit https://twitter.com/RedCrossCasc for the latest information.
  • Copied from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office: “If you would like to donate food, water, pet food, blankets, or anything of that nature, please drop those at the United Way at 455 Bliler Ave NE. They are accepting donations between 8-5pm. If you would like to donate money, we ask that you please visit redcross.org to donate any money to the cause.”
  • Due to continued poor air quality, City Hall will remain closed to the public tomorrow, September 10th.*

Reminders:

  • The City continues to monitor all area fires in collaboration with our public safety partners. The City is aware that many people have voluntarily evacuated the City. If you have a safe place where you can go, we encourage you to go there. Otherwise, please be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.
  • The State of Oregon is continuously updating information on wildfires and wildfire smoke including evacuation packing lists and health reminders (multilingual) information on wildfires and wildfire smoke.
  • Sign up for METCOM Everbridge phone/text/email alerts if you have not already to get the latest emergency updates – www.metcom911.com. The City will make efforts to provide updates as promptly as possible though encourages all community members to sign up for METCOM.

9/9/2020 - 10:30am  - City of Silverton remains at a LEVEL 2 Evacuation Notice - "Be Set".

The City continues to monitor all area fires in collaboration with our public safety partners. The City is aware that many people have voluntarily evacuated the City. If you have a safe place where you can go, we encourage you to go there. Otherwise, please be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.

FYI: If you or a family member does not have transportation or has a medical condition and needs transportation, please call METCOM at 503-982-2340. METCOM has limited availability to provide assistance.

The State of Oregon has released information on wildfires and wildfire smoke.   Please review this important information covering 1) evacuation packing and 2) health impacts from wildfires.

Remember, sign up for METCOM Everbridge phone/text/email alerts if you have not already to get the latest emergency updates – www.metcom911.com. The City will make efforts to provide updates as promptly as possible though encourages all community members to sign up for METCOM.

9/8/2020 - 10pm  - City of Silverton remains at a LEVEL 2 Evacuation Notice - "Be Set".

The City is aware that many people have voluntarily evacuated the City today. If you have a safe place where you can go, we encourage you to go there. Otherwise, please be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.

Remember, sign up for METCOM phone/text/email alerts if you have not already in order to get the latest emergency updates – www.metcom911.com. The City will make efforts to provide updates as promptly as possible though encourages all community members to sign up for METCOM alerts.

General Safety/Evacuation Information

See Silverton and other area evacuation notice updates at Metcom 911 Twitter

Do you receive phone/email/text alerts from Metcom 911? If not, please visit metcom911.com to sign up.

Evacuation Sites (last updated 5:45pm 9/10/2020)

Evacuation Site Availability changes frequently. The City will make every effort to provide updated information though encourages you to use the phone numbers and links provided

  • Please see  Red Cross Cascades Twitter for regular updates on site availability
    • (City has received reports that Oregon State Fairgrounds site is full) Marion County Emergency Management and Red Cross are establishing an evacuation staging area at the Oregon State Fairgrounds which has availability for people and livestock. Access to the fairgrounds is at 2330 17th St NE, Salem. An information line is being established at 503-391-7294.
    • (Reports that livestock area is full) Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany (3700 Knox Butte Rd E, Albany, OR 97322) is open for people.
    • Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer (6700 Field Of Dreams Way NE, Keizer, OR 97303) is a secondary site for people. 

Protecting Your Health

The best way to protect against the potentially harmful effects of wildfire smoke is to reduce your exposure by staying INDOORS as much as possible (with your doors and windows CLOSED). Whether you are able to stay inside or not, the City would like to share some important health reminders and resources:

  • It’s important to understand that the majority of the face coverings we have become accustomed to during the COVID-19 pandemic do NOT protect from smoke particles. As the Oregon Health Authority notes in the Q&A below: “Dust masks and surgical masks that are not NIOSH certified are not tested for filtration effectiveness and may not offer a consistent level of protection from particles. This means that they may offer little protection.” The CDC has echoed this guidance on their comprehensive COVID – 19 and Wildfire Smoke website.
  • If you do relocate or voluntarily evacuate, or otherwise need to be in contact with those outside your immediate household, remember:
    • face coverings are still important since they help prevent the spread of COVID-19
    • practice physical distancing and hand hygiene as best as possible

The State has shared many resources at wildfire.oregon.gov and oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.

City Expands State of Emergency

The Mayor has declared a state of emergency pursuant to Chapter 2.44 of the Silverton Municipal Code, beginning September 8, 2020. City Council will adopt a resolution mirroring and superseding this declaration on September 14, 2020.

The declaration continues to allow the City additional flexibility in terms of limiting access to public buildings, directing City staff, activating the Emergency Management Organization (EMO), and delegating resources as well as acquiring needed resources related to health and safety.

Having conferred with the City Manager and City Council members, the Mayor finds that the Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires, in addition to COVID-19, constitute a public health and safety crisis that threatens the health, safety, and welfare of the City and the City’s citizens and constitutes an imminent threat of illness, human suffering, financial loss, and/or loss of life and the Mayor finds that the fires necessitate an additional state of emergency declaration.

The full text of the emergency declaration can be found here.

City Operational Updates

The City of Silverton Municipal Court has been postponed from September 9, 2020 to October 14, 2020. A notice of the new court date will be sent to the mailing address we have on file. If you have any questions please contact 503-874-2201 or finance@silverton.or.us.

Republic Services pickups have been suspended beginning Tuesday 9/8 in Silverton; Republic will resume normal service once the city is cleared for safety, and will service the customers who did not receive service at that time.

Due to the current issues facing our area from smoke, and fire-related evacuation orders impacting neighboring communities, City Hall will be closed to the public through Friday, September 25, 2020.  An opening for Monday, September 28, 2020 will be evaluated prior to that date.


Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe.

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